Lady Susan Characters

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Lady Susan

Lady Susan is the eponymous character. She is one of the main characters in an ensemble and half of the story is told from her perspective. Lady Susan's actions propel the plot when she invites herself to her ex-brother-in-law's estate where she manipulates his relation Reginald De Courcy into falling in love with her. Lady Susan is a Machiavellian character, which is a literary character with no conscience who schemes and uses others to achieve their own ends. Lady Susan's sociopathy manifests itself through her exploitation of men thanks to her looks and strong grasp of Victorian era social graces. The main issue of Lady Susan's character is how preoccupied she is with her reputation and keeping up appearances when paradoxically hers is so terrible. Through Lady Susan, the novel presents one of its arguments about how Victorian Era's social dynamics are vulnerable to hypocrisy. Lady Susan...

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